Friday, February 5, 2010

Delay in connection

"[Facebook offers] the comfort of only having to talk to someone in little bursts, when most internet-based technology provides, fundamentally, too-instantaneous of a connection. It's as if these people are trying to work out a new form of technologized familiarity, one that works on the level of weeks rather than seconds, and lets you live side-by-side across huge distances — like future astronauts on the way to a distant planet calling home, only not minding at all that delay of a few minutes... since the delay in connection has become not a feature of the technology but of our lives themselves, which are pauses in the flow."

From Mike's thoughtful post on how, and why, to get off Facebook.